Even though it may not feel like it outside, winter decorations serve as a reminder that the holiday season is here.
Some of the decorated homes provide a much-needed sense of normalcy in some of the areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
While houses around the area are shining bright this holiday season, one house in Ocean City has taken on the form of a holiday gingerbread house.
"We have the manger scene which features everybody, we have the countdown, letters to Santa, we have the lighted trees with balls on, the fence is decorated with lights and the house is made to look like a gingerbread house," said resident Emily Bobe.
The homeowners say they have been decorating the house in this fashion for the last five years.
The Christmas countdown and letters to Santa box are new additions for this holiday season.
In an area impacted by Sandy, residents say they are just happy to spread holiday cheer to those affected, and show Sandy that the storm cannot dampen their holiday spirits.
"We've actually had some pretty cool things. We've had people pray at it, we've had priest come. We've had people just come and say how much it means to them and just how beautiful it is and how much they're thankful for it," said Bobe.
And as the countdown clicks closer to Santa's arrival, this house and houses around the area will help to brighten the holidays at a time when people may need it most.